An Caisteal, round 2 ✅
Beinn a’Chroin ✅
This was my second attempt at An Caisteal, the previous one being about 6 years ago. The contrast in hill day experiences really got me thinking.
The underfoot conditions that day were poor, with snow in places. The weather also turned part way through the ascent and the wind became stronger than anticipated from the forecast with rain/snow hampering visibility. The decision was made by the group to turn back.
Making the decision to turn back, or otherwise change a hiking plan can be a difficult one for some people to comprehend. I have had many non-hiking friends ask me how I feel about ‘failing’ an attempt at a trek or hill. However, I don’t see it as failing, and that’s not just a refusal to use that word. I just don’t see turning back or altering plans as a negative thing. Those decisions are often harder to make than the one to continue trudging onwards. Not many people like to face up to their limitations, but I feel that having the ability to truly understand the boundaries of your abilities is critical in the hills.
If in doubt, I’d always rather err on the side of safety; the mountains will still be there for a future attempt. Yesterday was a prime example of that; the mountain was a different place entirely: bright clear skies, sun and perfect visibility.
I believe mountains are there to be enjoyed, not endured. I’d rather still be there tomorrow to enjoy them. . 📸 1 & 2 @roxannagbaz .
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